Mauritius, ICIJ respond to tax-haven investigation

Mauritius, ICIJ respond to tax-haven investigation

One week after a new investigation into tax policies in Mauritius was published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the ICIJ said it has seen international response to the reporting and concerns over allegations from officials in the Indian Ocean island nation. The project, a collaboration of 54 journalists…

Benin a bright spot in new World Happiness Report

African nations facing critical challenges rarely rank well in the annual World Happiness Report, but there are variations – including a drop in happiness measures across the Middle East and North Africa, and West Africa as home to the most-improved country. The annual report released Wednesday evaluates happiness on the…

UN court says UK must end governance in Chagos islands

The International Court of Justice, the principal court of the United Nations, announced Monday a decision that calls on the UK to end its control over the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth welcomed the decision as a “triumph for justice” and said he…

Ibrahim report sees concern for youth, economic opportunity

Despite strong GDP growth over the last ten years, Africa has failed to generate economic opportunities for its young population – and that spells trouble for a sustainable future. It’s a key finding of the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), released Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The…

Ramaphosa, Xi begin talks in South Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in South Africa for what is his third state visit, ahead of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg to begin Wednesday. He’ll hold talks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa today in Pretoria, with a focus on strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two nations, according…

Chinese president arrives in Rwanda

Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan have arrived in Rwanda for a two-day state visit, where they were received by President Paul Kagame and the Rwandan First Lady, Jeannette Kagame.  The visit to Rwanda is the first for a Chinese president, and underscores the growing influence of…

Ahead of BRICS, China’s Xi Jinping begins Africa visits

President Xi Jinping of China begins Thursday a trip that will bring him to Senegal and Rwanda for state visits, before he heads to South Africa and the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg. “The visits will promote the further deepening of political mutual trust, mutual development assistance, mutual learning on each…

Small quake surprises Mauritius and La Réunion

Residents of Mauritius had a mild surprise late Tuesday when a magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit beneath the ocean at 11:25 p.m. local time, striking between the Indian Ocean island and neighboring La Réunion. There were no reports of serious damage or injuries, but the shaking got a lot of attention…

Mauritius to support farmers hard-hit by cyclone flooding

Electricity has been restored, water supply is intact and officials on Mauritius have identified roads and drainage systems needing repair because of Cyclone Berguitta – but food supply remains a problem in the short term. Heavy rainfall impacted farmers and about 75 percent of local vegetable production, said Mahen Kumar…